Formby MP Bill Esterson: Pay & display should not be introduced

Bill Esterson at Sumner Road car park


Formby Labour MP Bill Esterson said pay and display should not be introduced at a popular car park in the town.

Sefton Council is currently looking at ways of mitigating the worst effects of £324.5m worth of Tory-led Government cuts to its budget to ensure that vital services are not affected.

One proposal suggested is to review the borough's council-run car parks. The review would include Sumner Road car park.

But Formby Labour MP Bill Esterson said it is the policies of the Conservative-led Government that are having a detrimental impact on our local high streets - like Formby Village.

Bill said: "We all know that this Tory-led Government is targeting local authorities here in the North West with some of the worst cuts in the country.

"Cuts of £324.5m to Sefton Council's budget, with another £20m to follow on top of that, will bring with it some very tough times for us here in Sefton.

"Sefton Council is trying its hardest to make sure that the cuts don't impact on the borough's most vulnerable and that is why they are rightly holding a full review of everything that they do in an attempt to mitigate the worst effects of the cuts.

"But we do need to look at ways of creating growth locally. The government isn't going to help - in fact we know they are working to impede what we do - but we need to make our local economies work.

"By creating thriving local economies, thriving town centres, that attract shoppers in to spend their money, then that in turn brings in the money that our local businesses and our local communities want and desperately need.

"That's why I oppose any proposals to introduce new parking charges. However much pressure the Tory government is putting on councils, I believe that it could well end up costing more in the long run if parking charges were to be introduced in Formby because of the negative impact on local businesses. We need to support traders as much as possible even in the face of the negative policies of the Tories in government. That is why I continue to lobby Conservative Communities Secretary Eric Pickles on the subject.

"Despite his rhetoric, Eric Pickles knows what impact his Conservative policies are having on our town shopping centres, on our local communities and on our local businesses."

Bill called on Formby's Conservatives to join him in lobbying Eric Pickles.

Bill said: "I have spoken to a number of Conservatives locally. They realise what damage is being done to Sefton and more specifically here in Formby as a direct result of the Tory-led Government's cuts to Sefton.

"I am inviting them to join me in putting the case to the Tory-led Government.

"Eric Pickles seems willing to land our local authorities here in the North West with huge amounts of cuts - he was even volunteering further cuts during the recent spending review. Tories in government are actively undermining people in Formby with their cuts and with their suggestions which would harm businesses, jobs and prosperity. 

"It is vital that people of all political views work together to persuade Mr Pickles to change his mind. The Tories in Formby could lobby their government and I am calling on them to do just that. People here know that the cuts are far too deep in Sefton and that the government should think again.

"Cuts to services and potential parking charges are the result of that.

"Mr Pickles seems unwilling to listen to Labour MPs in Parliament who are putting that case. I would like to see Tories in Formby supporting my calls for the cuts to be reversed so that possible parking charges and other counter productive changes can be ruled out for the good of the people of Formby."



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